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I may want to look for a new job, but I’m undecided. How do I get myself off the fence?

Q: I may want to look for a new job, but I’m undecided. How do I get myself off the fence?

A: My sister was in a horrific car accident earlier this month, and I missed last Monday’s post as a result. But what I saw, vividly, was how fast our lives can change, and everything falls away but literally trying to breathe. So take a breathe, take today– a national holiday–off, maybe even take tomorrow off. Think about whether you want to commit to your job or look for another. Make a list of the pros and cons of each. Decide on three times of the day when you’ll check in with yourself to see if, if you had to decide that very minute, you are leaning in one direction or another.

If nothing is leading you decisively toward a search, then recommit to your job for a selected period of time, between one and three months, and push away the thought of leaving should it come to you during that period. At the end of that time, revisit the question to see if you are ready to put it away, or not. If not, start the search.

Tempus fugit and carpe diem are not just sayings on a tee-shirt. And sitting on a fence can hurt, in more ways than one.